Africa Liberal Network

The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) is an organization composed of 44 political parties from 30 countries in Africa. It is an associated organisation of Liberal International, the political family to which Liberal Democratic parties belong. The ALN serves to promote liberal objectives and principles throughout the continent.

Parties involved in the ALN agree to a policy stating that they: exist to ensure the freedom and dignity of all people through; establishing political and civil rights, ensuring basic freedoms, the rule of law, democratic government based on free and fair elections with peaceful transition, ensuring religious, gender, and minority rights, fighting corruption, and establishing free market economies.

Development

The network developed from what was originally the Organisation of African Liberal Parties and was established during an initial meeting of parties in Mombasa, Kenya in July 2001. It was formally launched at a subsequent meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2003. This meeting adopted the Johannesburg Declaration, committing the parties to core liberal democratic principles. The network is now run from the Democratic Alliance headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa.[1] The Westminster Foundation for Democracy primarily supports the ALN, and since its inception it has maintained a mutually beneficial relationship with other partners. To ensure sustainability the ALN is seeking to diversity and broaden its support and partnership base to include other institutions.

Objectives

The Africa Liberal Network's objectives are:

  • Facilitate the development and growth of Liberal Democratic parties.
  • Encourage solidarity among member parties with the aim of assisting them to achieve power through democratic means.
  • Establish an alliance of like-minded Liberal Democratic parties in Africa for sharing information and experiences.

Projects and activities

The ALN's projects focus on: coordination and leadership meetings; election/campaign support; policy development; party organisation and development; political education, civic awareness, voter education and registration; joint policy positions; training seminars, workshops; gender and youth mainstreaming; information and Skills exchange through visits, website, bulletin, publications, research.

Members

  • Organization of African Liberal Youth-Liberals Energizing African Democracy OALY-LEAD

 Botswana

 Burkina Faso

 Burundi

  • Alliance démocratique pour le renouveau ADR

 Comoros

  • Alliance Nationale pour les Comores ANC

 Democratic Republic of the Congo

Republic of Congo

 Ethiopia

Ghana

 Guinea

 Ivory Coast

 Kenya

 Madagascar

 Malawi

 Mali

 Morocco

 Mozambique

 Niger

  • Mouvement pour la renaissance du Niger MRN

 Senegal

 Seychelles

 Sierra Leone

 Somalia

Somaliland

 South Africa

 South Sudan

 Sudan

Swaziland

  • African United Democratic Party AUDP

 Tanzania

 Togo

  • Parti des Togolais PT

 Uganda

  • Liberal Democratic Transparency LDT

 Zambia

References

  1. "DA to host ALN Secretariat". February 2012. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
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